Saturday, March 23, 2019  8PM – The Claire Lynch Band ($25):

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Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship.  Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”

Claire will be joined by three acclaimed Canadian musicians.  When not playing principal bass in Orchestra London Canada, Joe Phillips can be found making music with artists as varied as The Art of Time Ensemble, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Group of 27 Chamber Orchestra and many well known musicians and songwriters.  Joe has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, Tafelmusik and many more.

A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with his danceable playing that is as adventurous as it is technically thrilling. His expressive and virtually flawless performances place him in high demand among a variety of ensembles and collaborations that have seen him tour extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan.  Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame as one of the “finest fiddlers in the world today.”

Darrin Schott began his professional career playing fiddle and mandolin for The Good Brothers when he was just 17 years old.  One of Canada’s top multi-instrumentalists, he has gone on to play or record with many top Canadian artists, lending his talents on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and anything else that has strings.

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

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Saturday, April 27, 2019  8PM – Rant Maggie Rant ($25):

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Rant Maggie Rant brings an arsenal of instruments, styles and substance to their shows with versatility and virtuosity.  The Stratford, Ontario band’s personality shines through as a collective of six very unique and different artists in their own right, the sum of which create unforgettable moments on stage. For the past 10 years this multi-award winning band has consistently roused audiences from coast to coast.

While Rant Maggie Rant sticks close to the musical roots of Ireland and Scotland, as well as the other 5 Celtic nations and Canada’s East Coast traditions, these melodies are usually supported by the band’s unique fusion of hand-drumming, dub/jazz bass, soaring vocals, harmonies and folk/blues/rock guitar.  Led by fiddler Lindsay Schindler, the band is supported by centre stage vocalist Glen Dias, who also plays recorder and percussion, Barry James Payne on guitars/bouzouki, Daev Clysdale on whistles and accordion, Rob Larose on percussion and Steve Clark on bass.

Traditionalists love their approach as they perform time honoured tunes, but in a new and fresh way with an energy that will make you want to dance and rediscover your roots.  With the addition of some not-so-traditional instruments, the African djembe, the Middle Eastern doumbek and Peruvian cajon to compliment the percussive underpinnings driving the rhythm, guitar and bass approach from more contemporary and urban styles – folk, rock, jazz, dub and blues.  Traditional melodies, Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, heartfelt shanties, revved up tempos and unexpected time changes all collide in original and contemporary compositions, often blending together to deliver an intoxicating performance. Don’t miss this band.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019  8PM –  Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert ($25):

Joni Mitchell TributeJoin us as we celebrate the music of Canadian music icon, Joni Mitchell with performances by Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon, Beverlie Robertson, Dayna Manning, Mary Bennet, Patty McLaughlin & Ginny Clements and personal stories from Cheryl Prashker!

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